Woody Biomass and Electricity in the United States: A Case Study in Scientific and Policy Uncertainty
Forthcoming, Energy Law and the Environment (Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Edward Elgar/IUCN)
15 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2019
Date Written: August 14, 2019
“Woody” or “forest product-derived” biomass is not a major fuel source for electricity generation in the United States. This chapter first discusses the extent of its current use, and details some reasons for its limited use. Second, the chapter analyzes one scientific and policy debate in particular that has impacted and will likely shape the use of woody biomass for electricity going forward — the debate over its carbon neutrality.
Keywords: biomass, climate change, wood pellets, forests
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